Research Agreement between India and Israel

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India and Israel today signed an academic research agreement to jointly collaborate in the areas of medicine, technologies, humanities, arts and social sciences.  An MoU has been signed between the University Grants Commission  (UGC) and Israel Science Foundation for launching a three-year ‘India-Israel Joint Research Program’ which would bring together scientists and researchers from two countries to carry forward academic research in these areas.

According to the Prof Benjamin Geiger,Chairman of Israel Science Foundation, India is at the fore-front of research activities worldwide and the collaboration between the two nations would contribute a lot to both the countries. Also, there was also a lot of encouragement for Israeli scientists to forge ties with their Indian counterparts in research areas, he added.

The above said program has been initiated during the recent visit of HRD Minister Kapil Sibal to Israel, during which he interacted with Israel’s Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar and Israel’s Chairman of the Planning and Budgeting Committee Manuel Trajtenberg.  Further, to opt for this programme, Israeli and Indian academic teams that aspire to conduct joint research should submit a joint application to their respective funding agencies. Support would be up to USD 100,000 per research for a period of three years.